Lanier Playground

Photo of Lanier playgroundPhoto credit: Design by AKRF, Image and rendering by TPL staff

Lanier Playground in the Grays Ferry section of South Philadelphia is a jettisoned 3-acre lot. Over 11,000 people live within a 10-minute walk of the playground and there are few other open spaces nearby for them to enjoy. Its location presented a great opportunity for the community to come together and create a gathering place that can serve many needs, including managing stormwater runoff through green features. The Trust for Public Land launched a community design process with neighbors and various community organizations in 2017 to generate designs to revitalize this playground. When asked how the park could be better, community members offered ideas like "designated dog areas with a water station", "a multipurpose sports field", and "more shades, plants, and trees." We were able to include these ideas and many more.

The new playground is currently under construction and will incorporate a variety of elements to support the community including a walking path, playground, large and small dog parks, picnic area, interactive water features, and Philadelphia's firstFitness Zone®area. Lanier Playground is scheduled to open in Summer 2018.

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